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Intentional phase-reversed recording technique

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Clueless, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. Clueless

    Clueless Guest

    As I continue to struggle/experiment/learn how to get the sound I want from my mics, pres, and oh yes, voice, I was inspired to try something new (to me) and it kinda, sorta, works. I take two tracks (recorded with different mics and pres), eq and compress both so that they sound as good as I can make them, but neither one "just right". I then take the one I like better as the reference, then bring up the other one, but with a reversed phase. If I bring this up too much, phase cancellation makes my voice way too thin, but if I bring it up say 6db down, it seems to really cut out the stuff that I haven't figured out how to EQ away.

    How prevalent is this technique? Does it have a special name? If I use this technique too much, will I go blind?
     
  2. realdynamix

    realdynamix Well-Known Member

    :) Comb filtering? Maybe there is another term :confused: , but I guess it is like comb filtering. Certain frequencies being cancled out, or re-enforced effected by the amount of combined gain. You may want to pan these mono, or monitor check them in mono to make sure they don't change in the mix.

    --Rick
     
  3. zebra50

    zebra50 Guest

    Filtering indeed. The approach is something we've used quite a bit, on vox & electric guitars. You can get some pretty strange phasing artifacts (sometimes it sounds like flanging!) by compressing separately and then mixing two reverse phase tracks - I prefer to mix the two mics to taste and then compress the two together, but If you like it, go with it.
     
  4. Clueless

    Clueless Guest

    Definitely panned mono--it does sound wrong when panned wide (or stereo). I'll try phase->sum->compress to see how it differs from phase->compress->sum. Thanks!
     

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